From July 8th to 15th, the European Kidney Recreation and Education Week (KREW camp) for young people with chronic kidney disease took place in Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid. Organized by the European Kidney Patient Federation (EKPF) and co-organized by the National Federation of ALCER Associations, this year’s event marked a significant milestone in raising awareness about renal health and providing a platform for young patients to connect and learn from each other.
Participants from seven countries, including Cyprus, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain, aged between 12 and 16 years, came together to exchange experiences, gain knowledge about chronic kidney disease, and enjoy recreational activities in a supportive environment. The camp also offered them an opportunity to explore the rich historical and cultural offerings of Madrid.ç
The KREW camp was packed with a wide range of engaging activities. The young participants had the chance to try their hand at canoeing, embark on thrilling multi-adventure expeditions, and immerse themselves in exciting treasure hunts. These activities not only provided entertainment but also fostered a sense of companionship and personal growth among the attendees.
The success of KREW 2023 would not have been possible without the dedicated team of nurses and representatives from each country who accompanied the participants throughout the camp. Their tireless efforts ensured the safety and well-being of every individual and created a nurturing environment where the youngsters could thrive.
The KREW Camp owes its success to the generous support of its sponsors, including Astellas, Astrazeneca, Baxter, CLS Vifor, GSK, and Novartis. Their collaboration and commitment to the cause of renal health have helped create a memorable and impactful experience for these teenagers.
As the week-long camp came to a close, the organizers expressed their heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved. The KREW 2023 edition has not only provided invaluable education and recreational opportunities but has also created lasting memories for the young participants, instilling in them a sense of resilience, friendship, and hope as they navigate their journey with chronic kidney disease.